In Brief

Artist Jim Golden proves that obsolete technology is worthy of our admiration, not just our ridicule.

Rummaging around a thrift store in rural Oregon, Portland-based photographer Jim Golden found an old brick cell phone. Once so familiar, the object captured his imagination, and he’s been looking at gadgets differently ever since. “Since finding it, similar bits and pieces of old technology and media kept grabbing my attention,” Golden told Workbook. “These photos are reminders that progress has a price and our efforts have an expiration date.”

The series of animations that came out of Golden’s idea, called Relics of Technology, resemble the Cinemagraphs that were so trendy a few years ago. They combine focused motion with sharp detail, kitsch with genuine discovery. The isolated nature of the objects against carefully colorpicked backgrounds, however, is unique, both drawing your attention to the objects themselves and acknowledging their history through the use of colors that may have once surrounded them, such as ‘blush rose.’

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